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All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst  

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Spanning ten seasons, and over 208 episodes and counting, X-Files is arguably one of the best sci-fi television shows out there. Good enough to come back a decade later for a season 10, in fact. Following the adventures of FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate supernatural crimes and signs of the government's involvement in alien life on earth, the best X-Files episodes promise one thing: "the truth is out there."  

This list of all X-Files episodes, ranked, will allow die-hard fans of The Lone Gunmen to vote up the best X-Files episodes, and vote down the worst X-Files episodes. Which X-Files episode is your favorite? Before "Bad Blood" was the name of a Taylor Swift music video riddled with pop stars, it was also the title of X-Files, Season 5, Episode 12.  "Bad Blood" tops our list of the best rated X-Files episodes. Written by Vince Gilligan, "Bad Blood" was one of the "Monster-of-the-Week" episodes that strayed from the traditional X-Files storytelling format. While most episodes were about the ongoings at the FBI, the search for Mulder's alien-abducted sister, and trying to figure out what the government is hiding from the public, several episodes per season were devoted to expanding the supernatural storyline of X-Files to include monsters, vampires, ghosts, and creatures of the night. Aliens aren't the only thing Mulder and Scully are fighting in this awesome X-Files episode!  

Other episodes, like "From Outer Space" and "One Breath" seek to explore the series's overarching storyline: are there aliens living among us? What does the government know that we don't? What's going on in Area 51? These types of episodes help advance the overall plot of the series, instead of singling out specific creatures.  

Do you prefer "Monster-of-the-Week" episodes or alien episodes? Vote up the best episodes of X-Files below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments! 

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Paper Clip is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 3
"Paper Clip" is the second episode of the third season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on September 29, 1995. It was ...more
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Memento Mori is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 4
"Memento Mori" is the fourteenth episode of the fourth season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on February 9, 1997. It was ...more
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Dreamland II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 6
Mulder is thrown in jail at the Area 51 compound but is released when it is discovered that the flight data recorder he stole was a fake. Scully comes to her senses and realizes that the Mulder ...more
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War of the Coprophages ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 3
Widespread panic is caused in a small community after numerous deaths are linked to killer cockroaches, and a government agricultural agency is discovered to have set up a secret experiment ...more
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Drive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 6
Mulder is trapped in a car with a man who has developed a serious ear condition which can only be suppressed by driving west at high speeds. As Scully tries to find the cause and a cure for the ...more
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The Erlenmeyer Flask is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 1
When Deep Throat points out a news story about a fugitive who apparently drowned, Mulder and Scully cannot see what makes the case special but follow it up anyway. With Deep Throat's insistence, ...more
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How the Ghosts Stole Chr... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 6
Mulder talks Scully into investigating a haunted house on Christmas Eve where several couples have met their fate on that very night. While there, they encounter endless tricks and traps set by ...more
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Wetwired is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 3
After a man kills three people and his wife because he mistook them for a ruthless middle eastern dictator, Mulder and Scully discover a test involving mind control using television signals that ...more
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The Host is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 2
A.D. Skinner sends Mulder to investigate a body which washed into the New Jersey sewer from the ocean. Mulder believes that the basic blue-collar assignment is punishment, but by Skinner's own ...more
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Redux II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 5
The Cigarette-Smoking Man helps Mulder to obtain Scully's cure and also lets him see his real sister who doesn't turn out to be as happy to see Mulder as he would've liked. In return for this, ...more
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Die Hand Die Verletzt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 2
"Die Hand Die Verletzt" is the fourteenth episode of the second season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on January 27, 1995. It was ...more
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One Breath is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 2
"One Breath" is the eighth episode of the second season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on November 11, 1994. It was ...more
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Unruhe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 4
Several kidnappings of young women linked by distorted photographs lead Mulder and Scully to a man who can imprint his darkest fantasies onto undeveloped film and is trying to save the women ...more
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Dreamland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 6
While being detained near the famed "Dreamland" Area 51, a strange craft flies overhead and Mulder swaps bodies with an Area 51 "Man-in-Black". While the other agent has fun ...more
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Leonard Betts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 4
After the body of a decapitated EMT disappears from the morgue and an identical man starts work at the same hospital, Mulder believes that the man has the ability to regrow parts of his body, ...more
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The Unnatural is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 6
Mulder meets with Agent Arthur Dales' brother (also named Arthur) and is told a tale of a talented negro baseball player from Roswell, New Mexico in the 1940's who may have been an alien that ...more
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Ascension is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 2
When Mulder finds out that Scully was kidnapped by Duane Barry, he risks the wrath of his superiors and the annoyance of Agent Krycek in order to do whatever it takes to find her. Meanwhile, ...more
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Je Souhaite is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 7
Mulder and Scully discover a genie in a rug who, after 500 years of granting wishes, has come to the conclusion that people are still as greedy and self-centered as they always have been, and ...more
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Eve is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 1
When two fathers on opposite sides of the country are inexplicably murdered at the exact same time in the exact same way, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate. When they discover that ...more
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Deep Throat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 1
Mulder and Scully head to Ellens Air Force Base to investigate the mysterious case of a military test pilot who disappeared after experiencing strange psychotic behavior. While on the case, ...more
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X-Cops is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 7
A Los Angeles police officer who is being filmed for the show COPS is attacked by a strange monster and Mulder and Scully are investigating the case. Scully is wary of having their faces put on ...more
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E.B.E. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 1
Mulder and Scully receive information from Deep Throat about a UFO that was shot down over Iraq and has been secretly transported to the US. However, Deep Throat then intentionally misleads the ...more
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731 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 3
Mulder is trapped inside a train car which contains a suspected alien-human hybrid and also a bomb, while Scully pursues the truth about her abduction and the mystery behind the implant in her
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Requiem is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 7
Mulder and Scully return to the town of their first X-Files investigation where a UFO has crashed in the forest. The Cigarette-Smoking Man arranges for Krycek to be released from prison in order ...more
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The Blessing Way is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The X-Files season 3
Scully finds her career with the FBI in jeopardy as Mulder is still missing and the Cigarette-Smoking Man is pursuing the stolen files. The Navajo elders find Mulder's body in a cave and perform ...more